A married couple in rural Guangdong province were not fully satisfied with having seven kids but no sons. So, they decided to purchase a baby boy on the black market.
The couple spent almost 100,000 Yuan only to buy a male infant on the black market from a group of human traffickers. However, they never got to enjoy parenting the child because they were caught by the police even before making it home.
While waiting inside a courtroom, the husband, surnamed Chen, told a reporter from Meizhou TV, as disclosed in a Daily Mail story that he and his wife have seven daughters aged 2 to 18 years old — something that was considered a disaster in his own village where boys are considered more important than girls.
Therefore, the “desperate” couple decided to “adopt” a baby boy; claiming they had no knowledge they were dealing with human traffickers.
Chen said the agents had asked for a 92,000 Yuan “adoption fee”. Although he admitted that it was a lot of money, he said a boy would still be worth more; adding that in their village a family without a son isn’t really a family.
As per a Shanghaiist story, local authorities said the child that the couple had bought was originally from Yunnan province and had passed through the hands of a number of traffickers before finally being sold to Chen and his wife far away from his home.
The traditional preference for boys over girls has resulted in a potentially disastrous gender gap in China due to female infanticide and sex-selective abortions.
It was also revealed in a Kicker Daily story in July that a woman from Anhui province died in July after having four abortions in a single year, after trying to give birth to a son that her husband wanted. The woman would request for an ultrasound exam to find out the sex of the fetuses, which have been made illegal in China for exactly the same reason. Yet, the practice remains common in clinics and minivans across the country.